In a performance exclusive to the PBS NewsHour, Mary Chapin Carpenter sings “Farther Along and Further In” from her Virginia farmhouse, shedding the song’s other elements and simply relying on her voice and her acoustic guitar. With each chorus, Carpenter’s words land like small waves lapping at the shoreline, a calm and steady encouragement.
Since launching “Songs From Home,” her ongoing quarantine music series in the pandemic, Carpenter’s videos have netted millions of views. Carpenter told the PBS NewsHour she was “humbled” by the community that has blossomed online with her performances.
She told the PBS NewsHour that her greatest reward from the series is “just about feeling connected to something, especially now, especially in these times.”
“I don’t think I’d be doing this if we weren’t in the situation we’re in,” she added. “But since we are, I think people feel an ability to be very honest, and I think they find comfort, if I can say that, being able to share it that way. Let’s face it, to be able to say something, to be able to let something out, to be able to sort of not hold something in, that’s good medicine.”
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